Family’s horror as cat forced to have eye removed after attack

Bournemouth Echo: SO SAD: Freya, Jasmine, and baby Robyn Scott, whose cat, Grover, has had to have his eye removed after being hit by a large metal pellet. Picture by Jon Beal SO SAD: Freya, Jasmine, and baby Robyn Scott, whose cat, Grover, has had to have his eye removed after being hit by a large metal pellet. Picture by Jon Beal

A FAMILY of five have been left shocked and upset after their cat was hit in the eye with a large metal pellet.

Two-year-old Grover was forced to have his eye removed after the incident.

Mum-of-three Nat Scott says she believes the heavy object may have been fired from a catapult.

Mrs Scott, who lives with her family in the High Street, Lytchett Matravers, said: “The last time we saw Grover was at 3pm last Thursday before I did the school run.

“He was sitting outside the house, which is where he probably got hit.

My husband saw him again at 8pm, and said he’d been beaten up, but as soon as I saw him I knew it was worse than that. His eye was extremely swollen and black, and there was a lot of fresh blood around it.”

Grover, who has been with the family since he was a kitten, had the operation to remove his eye the following day, and Mrs Scott said it has left six-year-old Freya and four-year-old Jasmine upset.

“We were hoping to hide it from them, but because we needed to bring him in, they did see him and it was quite shocking for them,” she said.

“It was certainly a direct trauma. We have heard reports of kids in the area with catapults.

“It does make me angry that there will be parents who don’t know where their children are or what they’re doing and that they could have done this horrible thing.”

Mrs Scott, who also has a four-month-old daughter, Robyn, said she has alerted others.

“What if it had been one of the children walking out of the door?” she said.

“If this going in the paper causes one parent to turn round to their children and say, ‘Do you know anything about this?’ it will be worth it.

“I hope it frightens whoever did this into never doing something like it again.”

Dorset Police have conducted inquiries in the area as the incident is classed as criminal damage but no one has been arrested.

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1:08pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Imaximus says...

There seems to be a lot of assumptions in this story.
There seems to be a lot of assumptions in this story. Imaximus
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2:42pm Tue 4 Dec 12

dvdr says...

I can only agree with Imaximus. There is no doubt that the cat has suffered, and that is a bad thing, but the whole article seems to be based on hearsay and assumptions, entirely unsupported by any evidence whatever except an injured cat. The "What if it had been a child?" remark is utterly irrelevant - it wasn't a child, and since we do not know who injured the cat and where and why they did so there is no reason why it would be a child.
I can only agree with Imaximus. There is no doubt that the cat has suffered, and that is a bad thing, but the whole article seems to be based on hearsay and assumptions, entirely unsupported by any evidence whatever except an injured cat. The "What if it had been a child?" remark is utterly irrelevant - it wasn't a child, and since we do not know who injured the cat and where and why they did so there is no reason why it would be a child. dvdr
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2:56pm Tue 4 Dec 12

LordLilliput says...

Only in The Echo..

A cat gets injured, the owner thinks it might have been a catapult and the resulting headline:

'Family's horror after cat forced to have eye removed after attack'

Great work.
Only in The Echo.. A cat gets injured, the owner thinks it might have been a catapult and the resulting headline: 'Family's horror after cat forced to have eye removed after attack' Great work. LordLilliput
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9:46pm Tue 4 Dec 12

LytchettMum says...

I am the Mother from this article. Firstly, let me say that the article is poorly written. I completely agree that it looks like there are a lot of assumptions. I come across as someone anti-children! (unlikely when I have three of my own). Poor Grover was definitely hit by a ball bearing. The vet originally said that he was definitely not hit by a car, and it was a direct trauma, possibly a kick in the head. He had no other injury on him. He was hit in the eyeball only. I found a 15mm ball bearing sitting on my garden path, where he likes to sit, after we found him, and when I showed the vet, she said that it was consistent with this type of injury. A picture of this was taken at interview, but obviously never made it to copy. After reporting the incident to the police, our local bobby visited and told me that the previous day he had recieved reports of children playing with catapults in the park nearby. Also, after speaking to other people in the village, it is clear that there is at least one child going round firing catapults using these balls. Unfortunately, the policeman said that although he thought he knew who was responsible, he would need proof to take it further. My reasons for giving the article were to make as many people as possible aware that this sort of thing was happening to pets, and also as a discussion point in the home regarding catapults, which obviously can be very dangerous, and animal cruelty generally. And yes, the cat did suffer. A lot. He is still on painkillers until at least the weekend.
I am the Mother from this article. Firstly, let me say that the article is poorly written. I completely agree that it looks like there are a lot of assumptions. I come across as someone anti-children! (unlikely when I have three of my own). Poor Grover was definitely hit by a ball bearing. The vet originally said that he was definitely not hit by a car, and it was a direct trauma, possibly a kick in the head. He had no other injury on him. He was hit in the eyeball only. I found a 15mm ball bearing sitting on my garden path, where he likes to sit, after we found him, and when I showed the vet, she said that it was consistent with this type of injury. A picture of this was taken at interview, but obviously never made it to copy. After reporting the incident to the police, our local bobby visited and told me that the previous day he had recieved reports of children playing with catapults in the park nearby. Also, after speaking to other people in the village, it is clear that there is at least one child going round firing catapults using these balls. Unfortunately, the policeman said that although he thought he knew who was responsible, he would need proof to take it further. My reasons for giving the article were to make as many people as possible aware that this sort of thing was happening to pets, and also as a discussion point in the home regarding catapults, which obviously can be very dangerous, and animal cruelty generally. And yes, the cat did suffer. A lot. He is still on painkillers until at least the weekend. LytchettMum
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11:26pm Tue 4 Dec 12

LordLilliput says...

Lychett mum, thank you for taking the time to write that and put the record straight.

It's a real shame that you had to do so but unfortunately more often than not the journalists at this paper are unable to report facts in any comprehensible manner, preferring instead to dramatise a story which, as is obvious from the comments (mine included), not only is undermining and devoid of substance but equally does nothing to give a story credibility.

Having previously owned a couple of cats they without doubt become part of the family and events such as these are extremely distressing, especially for your children I'm sure.

I sincerely hope Grover makes a good recovery (cats are very adaptable creatures) and continues to lead a normal life. I also hope that whoever is responsible for such appalling behaviour sees the error of their ways and the upset that they cause.

And well done again for writing explaining concisely your story. What a shame so called journalists are unable to do so.
Lychett mum, thank you for taking the time to write that and put the record straight. It's a real shame that you had to do so but unfortunately more often than not the journalists at this paper are unable to report facts in any comprehensible manner, preferring instead to dramatise a story which, as is obvious from the comments (mine included), not only is undermining and devoid of substance but equally does nothing to give a story credibility. Having previously owned a couple of cats they without doubt become part of the family and events such as these are extremely distressing, especially for your children I'm sure. I sincerely hope Grover makes a good recovery (cats are very adaptable creatures) and continues to lead a normal life. I also hope that whoever is responsible for such appalling behaviour sees the error of their ways and the upset that they cause. And well done again for writing explaining concisely your story. What a shame so called journalists are unable to do so. LordLilliput
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7:38am Wed 5 Dec 12

Imaximus says...

LytchettMum wrote:
I am the Mother from this article. Firstly, let me say that the article is poorly written. I completely agree that it looks like there are a lot of assumptions. I come across as someone anti-children! (unlikely when I have three of my own). Poor Grover was definitely hit by a ball bearing. The vet originally said that he was definitely not hit by a car, and it was a direct trauma, possibly a kick in the head. He had no other injury on him. He was hit in the eyeball only. I found a 15mm ball bearing sitting on my garden path, where he likes to sit, after we found him, and when I showed the vet, she said that it was consistent with this type of injury. A picture of this was taken at interview, but obviously never made it to copy. After reporting the incident to the police, our local bobby visited and told me that the previous day he had recieved reports of children playing with catapults in the park nearby. Also, after speaking to other people in the village, it is clear that there is at least one child going round firing catapults using these balls. Unfortunately, the policeman said that although he thought he knew who was responsible, he would need proof to take it further. My reasons for giving the article were to make as many people as possible aware that this sort of thing was happening to pets, and also as a discussion point in the home regarding catapults, which obviously can be very dangerous, and animal cruelty generally. And yes, the cat did suffer. A lot. He is still on painkillers until at least the weekend.
Hi LytchettMum, Good answer back. Your writing skills are better then the reporters that posted the item. Perhaps you should ask for a job there. Hope your daughters are not too upset and Grover is on the road to recovery.
[quote][p][bold]LytchettMum[/bold] wrote: I am the Mother from this article. Firstly, let me say that the article is poorly written. I completely agree that it looks like there are a lot of assumptions. I come across as someone anti-children! (unlikely when I have three of my own). Poor Grover was definitely hit by a ball bearing. The vet originally said that he was definitely not hit by a car, and it was a direct trauma, possibly a kick in the head. He had no other injury on him. He was hit in the eyeball only. I found a 15mm ball bearing sitting on my garden path, where he likes to sit, after we found him, and when I showed the vet, she said that it was consistent with this type of injury. A picture of this was taken at interview, but obviously never made it to copy. After reporting the incident to the police, our local bobby visited and told me that the previous day he had recieved reports of children playing with catapults in the park nearby. Also, after speaking to other people in the village, it is clear that there is at least one child going round firing catapults using these balls. Unfortunately, the policeman said that although he thought he knew who was responsible, he would need proof to take it further. My reasons for giving the article were to make as many people as possible aware that this sort of thing was happening to pets, and also as a discussion point in the home regarding catapults, which obviously can be very dangerous, and animal cruelty generally. And yes, the cat did suffer. A lot. He is still on painkillers until at least the weekend.[/p][/quote]Hi LytchettMum, Good answer back. Your writing skills are better then the reporters that posted the item. Perhaps you should ask for a job there. Hope your daughters are not too upset and Grover is on the road to recovery. Imaximus
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